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Should We Really Be Encouraging People To Buy Books?

Amazon's MatchBook service makes getting a printed book/Kindle copy bundle cheaper. But that takes us backward, environmentally speaking.<p>Yesterday, Amazon announced the new MatchBook service, which offers a deeply discounted Kindle version of a book when you buy a new copy of the physical version. …

KeyLemon raises $1.5 million to make your face the password of the future

If you’re trying to figure out what might one day replace the password, follow the money.<p>Switzerland-based biometrics authentication company KeyLemon has just raised $1.5 million in a Series A round. KeyLemon’s software lets users log into their devices using their faces, or more recently, their …

Surgeon livestreams operation using Google Glass

Google Glass has made its way to the OR. A surgeon from Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center donned the new headset during a routine surgery last week, and streamed point-of-view footage live to a group of students on the other side of town. "I can start to appreciate the connectivity it …

Sony Introduces Oddball $400 DSLR-Looking Camera Thing

By wearing a DSLR's clothing, Sony's newest mirrorless camera manages to keep high-end image quality at an absurdly low price.<p>Sony makes great mirrorless cameras and great DSLRs; its NEX-6 mirrorless camera might be the best of its kind ever made, and the full-frame A99 DSLR blew our friends at …

Media Device Stores and Shares Well With Others

Plenty of people are digital pack rats and proud of it. And why not? With seemingly unlimited remote storage options available free of charge or for …

Gear & Gadgets

Samsung contest promises $10000 to the best flexible display design

Put on your thinking caps and sit down in your thinking chair. Samsung has just launched a new contest that aims to bring in ideas about what to do with their flexible displays. The winner of the contest gets $10000 while second and third place take home $5000 and $2500 respectively. The idea …

Venture Capital

Windows 8.1 Coming as Free Download on October 17

Windows 8 users should circle October 17 on the calendar. On that day at 7 a.m. ET / 4 a.m. PT Microsoft will release Windows 8.1 as a free upgrade …

China's Xiaomi Sells 100,000 Units Of Its New Phone in 90 Seconds

Two weeks after Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi unveiled the lowest-priced Hongmi smartphone in its range, the company released the first batch of 100,000 phones at 12 noon local time on Qzone, a social networking website operated by Tencent, which were snapped up in 90 seconds flat.<p>The …

Photograph Your House Key With This App, Then Print A Copy Anywhere

The app's creators think of it as "lockout insurance."<p>You hear myths of old-school locksmiths who are so in tune with their trade, they're able to copy a key just from looking at a photo of it. The old-school-looking guys I talked with at one local shop said they couldn't do that, but now there's …

Horizons: The planes that can pick up trains

Students have come up with a radical idea for cutting journey times in 2050 – aircraft that collect and drop-off passengers in moving pod-like carriages.<p>Our transport system, whichever way you look at it, is broken. Sure, most of us eventually get to where we need to go, but congestion and …

San Francisco

With Tynker’s New Service, Kids Can Learn To Code At Home

Mountain View-based Tynker, a startup focused on teaching children of all ages the basics of learning how to code, is now expanding its service beyond schools with today’s debut of Tynker for Home. This new system is similar to the platform targeting teacher and classrooms which launched earlier …

Apple 'iPhone Lite' pictured in two versions -- report

Apple plans two "lite" versions of its iPhone, codenamed "iPhone Zenvo" and "iPhone Zagato/Bertone," according to a report out of China.<p>Another day, another rumor about Apple's plans to launch a "lite" version of its iPhone.<p>Apple could be planning to launch two versions of an "iPhone Lite," claims …

Mobile Technology

Apple to shift to IGZO displays next year, says report

In talks with Sharp and LG, Apple plans to expand energy-saving IGZO displays to the iPad and MacBook, says Korea's IT News as cited by PatentlyApple.<p>Upcoming versions of the iPad and MacBook should offer a longer battery life, at least according to a new report.<p>Apple plans to brings IGZO displays …

Batteries

Mobile payments ‘tsunami’ is coming to wash away our wallets

SAN FRANCISCO — Someday in the not-so-distant future, you won’t need to carry a wallet.<p>Smartphones are transforming the way we pay for things online and offline, but mobile payments still have a long way to go before they’re ubiquitous.<p>People are shopping on their phones more so than ever before, …